Maria Gatland has lived and worked in South Croydon for more than 30 years. During that time she helped run the family business and cared for her husband during his long illness. Maria was elected to Croydon Council in 2002. Since then she held the post of Shadow Cabinet Member for Education and then Cabinet Member for Childrens Services in 2006 kick-starting the improvements in education for young people in Croydon.She chaired Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Sub Committee from 2009/2010. Quality of care for patients in hospital is a passionate interest. Following her reelection in 2010 she was appointed Chair of Licensing Committee one of four major Council committees. In 2014 she was appointed to her current position as Shadow Cabinet Member for Children Families and Learning. In 2002 she was one of the founding members of the Friends of Croham Hurst Woods and chairs its committee and was delighted FCHWs won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2014. The protection and care of Croydon’s green spaces is of huge importance to her. She sat on the Planning Committee for many years. Animal welfare is a passion and she currently shares her home with two lovely rescued animals a dog and a cat. Maria has worked very hard to support and help local people and was so grateful for the tremendous support and kindness of the local community during a very difficult time, in December 2008, when details of her past of almost 40 years ago became known. She was delighted to be re selected to stand again as a candidate for the Local Elections in May 2018. She enjoys reading, theatre,walking, volunteering,yoga and pilates and relaxing with friends.
Michael Neal has been a Croham councillor since 2002. He has lived in Croydon since 1985 and is married and has two children who went to local schools. He is currently deputy member for housing and has worked exclusively on all aspects of social housing including scrutiny. He believes in the improvement and retention of social housing within the borough and the introduction of low carbon eco-friendly new homes. He is a teacher in further education and understands the needs and aspirations of young people. He enjoys cooking and has travelled extensively in Asia, America, and Europe.
Jason is married with two children, aged eighteen and seventeen, and lives in South Croydon Ward. He has represented Croham since 2002 and has been a Croydon Councillor since 1994. He is very pleased to have been elected as a councillor for the new South Croydon ward, which covers much of the old Croham Ward. Over the years he has played a key role in helping residents in their dealings with the Council and greatly enjoys serving the people of Croham and South Croydon.
Jason has sat on various committees of the Council and has been a previous chairman of the Licensing Committee, where he took a key interest in the implementation of the 2004 Licensing Act. He has also been vice chairman of both the Strategic Planning Committee and the Planning Committee.
Jason was a member of the Council Cabinet between 2008 and 2014, with responsibility for planning and regeneration. During that time he helped to create and foster an environment in which investors wanted to come to Croydon, thereby creating the greatest regeneration opportunities for a generation.
Jason is now Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group on the Council, and is Conservative Spokesman for Economic Development, Regeneration & Planning. He is still committed to helping Croydon realise it's potential as a great place to live and work.
Jason is Managing Director of a local trade supply company.
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